Sunday, March 21, 2010

Short Happy Moments with Chocolates

Wise words from Chocolate lovers:
" I probably have a little every day, because I think it makes you feel good when you get some."
CNN Food, February 14, 1996

It is no more a new rocket science for public that eating chocolates causes the brain to release endorphins, a chemical that makes us feel good. Chocolate is a natural analgesic or painkiller. Chocolate is also known as a Mother Nature's gift that blessed with serotonin, a brain chemical that makes us feel relaxed. We consume chocolate in times of stress, anxiety and so on.

According to an old article from CNN Food on Chocolates, researchers have said that chocolate contains substances that might mimic the effects of marijuana, boosting the pleasure you get from eating the stuff. It is something much, much, much milder than a high.

Needless to say, this research result is tally with my chocolate-and-stress relationship in my real life. In times of stress at work, quite often I let chocolates take control. I purposely buy some or get some of chocolate balls from my colleagues, if any, and let them melt in my mouth. I am happier for a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

My boyfriend and I are both chocolate lovers. He likes any type of chocolates while I, quite often, prefer milk chocolate with fruits and nuts. Recently, we have developed a habit of keeping stock of this particular sweet food craving at his home, either chocolate button candies, milk chocolate balls, Ferrero Rocher varieties or any brand of chocolate bars from Supermarkets. We slowly eat pieces of chocolates when we chat, work on some personal papers, browse the internet, watch DVDs or any time during our chilling sessions, be it at his home, on the road or in his office.

Our plastic container's filled with chocolate buttons and balls.

New found old fling bought in Sandakan: Milo Chocolate Bar - A little too sweet for our taste but it brings back old sweet time memories.

Unknown brand of Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bar from Random Supermarket accompanied by a glass of hot Milo.

Another key to best consume chocolate is moderation. Having chocolate cravings under stressed is indeed a body chemistry that you can't control but we try to eat it in moderation. Just a bite or two at a time, it is good enough to make the world stop for a while and feel happier. Savor them in moderation, surefire, it won't do much harm on your teeth and waist. 

"Life is like a box of chocolates - You never know what you're going to get."
Forrest Gump in "Forrest Gump" (1994) 


  1. Hey, remember to take control too. Don't let "short happiness" become "painful ulcer" ok! Everything have a limit and is your duty to know it!


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